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Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

I'm in Vicenza, Italy welcoming my sixth grandchild.  Of course I had to make him a baby blanket,  just like I did for all my other grandchildren.  This time I decided to work with this lovely 100% cotton yarn made here in Italy.  I choose a dark gray color to coordinate with his solar system themed layette set from Crate & Barrel.  The yarn is so soft and silky that I decided the yarn itself should be the the focus of this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket. In short I wanted a simple design ...

Crocheted Solar System Crib Mobile

My youngest daughter is having her second child any day now.  I'm here at her house in Vicenza, Italy, waiting for baby's birth.  You might say I'm on baby watch.  Anyway for her layette my daughter decided on a planetary or solar system theme.  We ordered the crib set from Crate & Barrel complete with crib sheets, blanket, and changing pad cover.  To complete the look I made her a crocheted solar system crib mobile. You might be wondering how one goes about crocheting a solar ...

Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

The dog days of summer are upon us and we're home with the kids wondering how to keep them busy.  Listening to kids complain about how bored they are, or worse yet seeing them spend half the day playing video games is making me crazy. I know I'm just about ready for school to start again and for football practice to begin.  So I decided it was time for some homemade slime! Kids of all ages love homemade slime, even my grandson's ever complaining friend Chase!  They think that making ...

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

As you may know by know my youngest daughter will be having her second child this summer and she's kept me busy with all sorts of baby projects.  She's been searching the internet for all sorts of cute and adorable things that I can make.  One of our favorites are these adorable crocheted jellyfish.   They're very easy to make, beginners will catch on real quick!  And those curly tentacles, well think of them as free form crochet, you can make them as long as you want and as ...

Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

As you know my daughter is having her second baby this summer.  That means she's kept me busy making cute baby items she's finding on Pinterest and Instagram!  So of course she came across these crocheted hightop sneakers that look like the ever popular Converse Chucks. I searched high and low (no pun intended) for a pattern to make these crochet hightop sneakers.  There are actually several out there for free and for a fee.  The patterns run about $5 on Ravelry where even I post some ...

Octopus Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

My youngest daughter is due to have her second baby this summer.  This means I've got to get busy making baby stuff.  Of course my daughter sent me a list of crochet projects ranging from baby blankets, swaddles, booties, and stuffed toys.   I thought I'd begin with the cute Octopus Amigurumi. First of all  Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn critters.  While the art has been known in Japan for decades it only became popular in the West recently in ...

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

Here we go again.  Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie.  This one's called Han Solo - A Star Wars Story. Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga.  Instead it's a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New ...

Father’s Day Subway Art Tray

Father's Day is June 17th.   This year we'll be home to celebrate the day.  We're usually on vacation and don't really make such a big deal about.  I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us. Since it's so rare that we find ourselves home for Father's Day we'll be celebrating the day the right way!  For sure we'll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that's my husband's favorite meal!  The ...

DIY Comic Strip Frames & Boxes for Father’s Day

In our family Father's Day is sometimes overlooked, lost in the hustle and bustle of summer vacations, family reunions, and other events.   Determined not to let this happen I scoured the web last month for gift ideas my grandsons could make for their poppa, and uncles.  There were many great ideas out there, I even wrote a post, 12 Really Cool Father's Day Crafts - FREE Printables, highlighting my favorites. I showed the different ideas to my grandsons, Dion and Devon, they both loved ...

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – FREE Printables

Courtesy of donalskehan.com Mother's Day is fast approaching; but you still have plenty of time to think of something to give Mom this year.  If you're thinking about taking her out to brunch or dinner you better make reservations now!  Mother's Day is one of the busiest days for most restaurants, that's probably because Moms don't want to cook on Mother's Day, I know I don't! Instead of taking her out this year why not make Mom breakfast in bed?  You don't have to be ...